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Poster: Molly_B Date: Jan 6, 2005 2:19am
Forum: movies Subject: "How to" on converting archive movies to DVD


The archive has been getting a lot of questions recently about how to convert archive films to DVD. Especially from teachers that want to show these films in their classrooms. However we don't really have an authoritative FAQ about it. We do have a link to an article discussing getting Prelinger films onto DVD (, but I am hoping for something more general than that. Does anyone have a proven method they use for putting archive movies on DVD? If so please let me know or post it here in the forum. I would like to make it into a FAQ for our site.

Thanks so much!!

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Poster: Liverxmdal Date: Sep 30, 2017 3:53am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

try this tutorial:

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Poster: DigitalPhotoNerd Date: Oct 19, 2005 12:53am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

I use Tsunami DVD Easy Pack including DVD MPEG DVD Author Easy Edition to write the MPEG2 files to DVD. It's fast, simple and reliable. This is commercial WINDOWS software but the price for the package ($79 at Fry's) is reasonable and the other programs in the package (MPEG Encoder and MPEG editor) are useful, simple to use, reliable and high quality as well. This program was designed to do exactly the kind of things that users have in mind.

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Poster: robinson585 Date: Mar 6, 2013 1:27am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

How about having Leawo HD Video Converter a try? It can help you to convert any video format you want, and it contains more funtion than you can imagine. Furthermore, it allows you to convert 2D HD video to 3D files, for playback on 3D TVs and more compatible 3D devices.

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Poster: tsfiles Date: May 4, 2017 6:21am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

I've had good luck with
It lets you select preset options for converting video formats. and for a dvd burning, you can find a dvd creator on page

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Poster: Dawn Colette Helm Date: Jan 16, 2014 7:44pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

MTS Converter for Mac is an excellent conversion tool for Mac users which can convert MTS to all popular format with perfect quality.

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Poster: homer-j Date: Feb 12, 2005 12:12pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

Rather than converting movies to be compatible with any dvd player, some folks might simply want to consider getting a dvd player that can play mpegs directly from a dvd (i.e no encoding required). What is needed is a dvd player that will play dvd-mpegiso. In this case you can write mpegs to data dvd and play it directly on your dvd player, just like you do on your PC dvd player. For a list of players go here: and search under video formats for dvd-mpegiso. For example, today I picked up a CyberHome CH-DVD 300 for only $38 at sam's Club. It may not be the worlds best dvd player, but it plays mpegs from the Prelinger archive burned directly to DVDs without all of the encoding hassles described above, and without all of the expense for additional software, etc. Of course, if you intend to share your dvds with others, you still might have to encode (or simply give them $38 to get a compatible player!)

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Poster: Carter, Michael Date: Jan 18, 2005 9:42pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

Hi, I used to be an art teacher and made two DVD disks about how to make movies or how moview were made. They play beautifully. Some titles are Your Movie Camera and How to Use it, Projecting, Sound on Film, and so on, all from the Prelinger collections.
It took a long time to do.
Nero 6 was used on MPEG2 downloaded files. Transcoding takes 6-9 hours for each DVD, that is not counting how long it takes to download the files!
It would be very nice to have a selection of ready made DVD disks we could order from.
Two Tarzen movies have also been put onto DVD TV disks one with three Tom & Jerry cartoons. Currently I'm attempting Night of the Living Dead as my brother is one of the zombies and I want to try to find him.
My next PC/TV will be a huge widescreen monitor so I do not need todo any transcoding and will only play the mpeg2 files directly thus doing away with TV sets.
If you have made some DVD disks from these movies please post a new thread and we could swap disk copies???

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Poster: Dawn Colette Helm Date: Mar 5, 2014 1:38am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

M2TS Converter is a versatile AVCHD M2TS video converter which helps you convert M2TS to DVD, AVI, MPEG, DivX, iPod, WMV, MKV, MP4, MOV files and ...

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Poster: goodfriend22 Date: Nov 12, 2007 4:44am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

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Poster: Rapakiwi Date: Mar 12, 2008 7:11pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

Please excuse my posting this query as a response and in the wrong forum.
Perhaps someone could point me to the correct one: how best to archive our families' histories for the distant future (assuming there will be one).

The compact disc I have always considered one of the most exciting, yet unnoticed inventions in history: a medium that can be copied over & over with no loss of information whatever. Burning a DVD is unlike making a photocopy.

I wish to archive photos, videos, and conversations with and about my granddaughter for her grandchildren & great grandchildren. For that reason, when I take photos, I include as much of early 21st Century civilization in it as possible.

My current procedure is use well documented digital formats (TIFF, Xvid) on Taiyo Yuden DVD-R Silver Lacquer discs (which, ironically, are the least expensive ones). These I should like to store in a second site, vertically in the dark, in a thermally insulated box that emits no fumes.

When a second, local set, stored for use, degrades so they are unusable, I should 'upgrade' the original archive to newer media with no loss of information.

Someone asked a similar question on a DVD web site, and she was told to convert her daughters photos from her hard disc to color negatives to store! Clearly, either I'm mad, or the value of archiving digitally with error-correcting formats has not been appreciated by everyone.

When a scientist, I opened the Journal of Physical Chemistry of 1901 to read a paper of great value to me, only to have it crumble into flakes. (I wish archives such as this one could accept early journals - and don't know why they can't.)

Librarians must have studied formats, media, dyes, and be able to offer people recommendations. This 'Internet Archive' must know as much about this as any institution.

Are there any recommendations; and should there be a prominent FAQ encouraging the preservation of history in this manner, and making recommendations of how to do so?

For neurological reasons, I'm unable to read a computer monitor (other than TTL) for more than a few minutes. There are electronic books, however, that use displays very similar to paper. Were early journals as well as books available, I could store the classics in my field onto optical discs and read them this way. (I was scoffed at when I advocated this on USENET in 1985.)

I feel this is an exciting topic in general and suggest wonderful archives such as this one could provide information on digital archiving in general.

Thank you for any suggestions on my currently archiving my granddaughter's history (and that of the early 21st Century). Thanks to the Internet Archive's considering advocating the creation of family archives and offering advice.

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Dec 27, 2006 9:29am
Forum: movies Subject: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

Here's the fulfillment of one of my New Year's Resolutions. I've been meaning to do this document for a while.

Excellent resource websites for DVD creation and video file format conversion:

Before we get started, you should know that some DVD players will actually play MPEG-2 files without having to go through all the hassles listed below. You just burn the MPEG-2 or MPEG-1 file to a CD-R or DVD-R and the DVD player will automatically know how to play it. I picked up such a DVD player at a local department store for less than $50. Here is link to a list of DVD players will play MPEG-2 files:

Also, you really shouldn't have to do lots of converting to get these files on a DVD. For example, converting the files to a Quicktime DV stream and then back to an MPEG-based VOB uses a lot of time and degrades the quality of the video. Ideally, the software you use should know how to handle an MPEG-2 file without having to recompress the file.

There are a couple of ways to make a DVD from the MPEG-2 files that are available on the Internet Archive -depending on what software you have available. Here are the basic steps:

1) Download the MPEG-2 file. This will be the best quality video file since it has the least compression and has full resolution (like 720 x 480, 704 x 480 or 352 x 480). Consequently, this file will be big - usually over a couple of gigabytes (GB) in size - and will take several hours to download. I recommend a fast internet connection (DSL, Cable or faster) and software that will resume downloading if the process is interrupted.

2) Create the accompanying DVD files. To make a DVD from MPEG-2, you'll need a program that will make the appropriate files needed by a DVD player to properly play a disc. If you ever looked at a DVD in a computer, you'll see a VIDEO_TS folder. In that folder, you'll see a bunch of VOB, IFO and BUP files. In general, the VOB (Video OBject) files contain the video and audio streams and menu graphics. The IFO (InFOrmational) files contain navigational and information about the streams in VOB files. BUP (BackUP) files are backups of the IFO files. So, in order to make a DVD, you'll need a program that converts the MPEG-2 file into appropriate VOB, IFO and BUP files. Almost all DVD authoring programs will do this, but some have hurdles that have to be confronted. For instance, some programs require that you demux (separate the video and audio streams into two separate files) the MPEG-2 file before you import it into the program. There are many free utilities that will do that (do a Google search for "demux MPEG-2"). Another hurdle is that some DVD authoring programs are particular about the type of audio stream encoding they will handle. We tried to pick the most universally used encoding - MPEG-1 Layer 2. Some programs might want you to use AC3 or PCM. If your software requires this, there are utilities that will do the converting. Since there are many different DVD authoring programs out there, I won't describe them in this document. I hope others will post their step-by-step instructions for using the software...

3) Burn the files to recordable DVD media. Of course, this means that your computer will have to have a DVD burner, appropriate media (DVD-R, DVD+R, etc.), and software that will burn the files to the drive. The software doesn't need to be a DVD authoring package (like MyDVD, DVDit, DVD Studio Pro, iDVD, etc.), it just needs to copy the files from your hard drive to the DVD media (software like Nero, Toast, Easy Media Creator, RecordNow, etc. does this) - often such software will be bundled for free with the DVD burning drive. Also some of the DVD authoring programs will also allow you to burn the files to a DVD burner.

Below I've listed a couple of programs that I've used and had success with. Since my studio is Windows-based, there will be a lack of Mac or Linux programs listed, but I'll try to dig up some info for those platforms. I hope others will chime in with their solutions too.

Simple DVD
This is a real no-frills solution that I found that simply converts an MPEG-2 to DVD. You'll need to burn the files to a DVD with another program though.

VSO DivxToDVD (freeware)
This program easily creates the IFO and BUP files. It also creates the VOB files. You'll need to burn the files to a DVD with another program though. Also, this program doesn't work the 352 x 480 Prelinger Archive files for some reason.

IFOEdit (Freeware)
Before using this software, you need to rename the downloaded MPEG-2 file to 'VTS_01_1.VOB' and place it in a folder named 'VIDEO_TS'. Then IFOEdit will allow you to create IFO and BUP files. You'll need to burn the files to a DVD with another program though.

DVDLab (offers a free trial period, $99 for full version)
This program is a little more advanced but offers the ability to combine multiple short MPEG-2 files onto one disc with sophisticated menu options - or no menu if you prefer. DVDLab will also burn the files to a DVD-R (or DVD+R) drive.

Other Windows programs to investigate
Roxio Easy Media Creator 7
There are a lot of DVD authoring products for this platform - too many for me to list.

Mac programs to investigate
Apple iDVD
Apple DVD Studio Pro
Roxio Toast 6


Since I do a lot of the encoding for the Internet Archive, I'd be interested to hear from you folks about software that you use to make DVDs and if there's anything that we could do to make this process easier. I know this document isn't perfect, but I hope it's a good starting point for others to add to.


P.S. While I'm happy to write this document regarding DVD creation, I don't have the time to offer technical support for folks who are using the software listed above. Luckily the Internet is full of useful information - user forums for a specific piece of software or hardware that you are using, FAQs, etc.

This post was modified by AV Geek Skip on 2006-12-27 17:29:34

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Poster: stevensegui Date: Sep 16, 2019 5:24pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

I use iDealshare VideoGo to convert mpg, mp4, mov, avchd, etc to DVD Player supported video format

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Poster: Mattman445 Date: Nov 18, 2018 1:42pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

I have never burned a DVD before so I don't understand how to do this. I would like to download one of the archives for my autistic son onto a DVD. It says download options are Item Tile, MPEG4, OGG Video, and Torrent. Which one do I use since I do not see MPEG-2. The one I am trying to do is Noggin 2005 Tapes. I appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you.

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Poster: ookalaylay Date: Jan 12, 2005 10:09am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

I'm a frequent user of the audio files but I wander over here on occassion. Anyhow, your post caught my eye and I thought I'd share with the community since that's what we're all about. I just started burning dvd's this past weekend and I use freeware to compress onto the computer and create BUP's, this freeware can be lacated here: This seems to be a very easy program to use. I just thought someone may like to try this. Good Luck

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Jan 12, 2005 11:09am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

DVDShrink is a great program.

Do you use it to make DVDs of material from the Internet Archive?


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Poster: ookalaylay Date: Jan 12, 2005 11:18am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

I'm downloading my first movie off the archive now, "Reefer Madness"...........always wanted to see that. Since it's such a classic and I'm somewhat of a collector of those ideals and such, I will attempt AND succeed in burning it(I hope)!
I'll let you know tomorrow, Pat

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Poster: Visual16 Date: Jan 12, 2005 2:01pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

Thanks a lot!! Unreal!

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Poster: superbu Date: Dec 16, 2007 1:06am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

I downloaded Simple DVD. I open a file in it, it runs for about three minutes, creating a temp file, then says the DVD has been created in "X" folder (whatever the folder may be).

But when I look in that folder there are simply two empty folders inside -- one called "Video_TS" and one called "Audio_TS," both of them empty, 0mb each. Tried it three times, same thing every time.

Maybe it doesn't work with Vista?

I tried loading the MPEG file I downloaded into Windows Movie Maker, and it crashes it for some reason.

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Poster: migwell Date: Dec 27, 2006 8:46am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

First of all, I would like to thank all those involved with this wonderful site for all the hard work you have done to provide such a broad-ranging and entertaining service for all of us who use the site. Great work!

Now on to the DVD burning issue... I believe that I have carefully read all of the posts here and followed the tips and instructions provided and yet I have had not much success transferring any of my downloaded films to DVD. The actual process seems simple enough, convert the mpeg or mp2 files into VOB, BUP and ISO and burn these converted files to a DVD.

After downloading approximately 15 pieces of software from the various sites mentioned here and on the linked sites, and struggling through the unfamiliar jargon and instructions when any are provided, I have found only 2 which seem capable of doing this, SimpleDVD and WinAVIVideoConverter. I followed the instructions for IFOEdit without any success.

SimpleDVD conversions have given me DVD's (burned with Nero 5.5) that play on my computer (which I could do anyway from the original files) but which flip vertically on my TV screen when played through my DVD player. Oh for the days of the vertical control toggle!

WinAVIVideo converter is 'shareware' and imprints a message displayed prominently in the center of the screen asking for payment to be removed. It does work, but since I plan to burn only a couple of movies, I could easily purchase them for less than the $30 that this software costs.

Although I have Googled quite a lot for 'demuxer' and 'converter' and combed the recommended sites, I have been unable to find another piece of software to perform the conversion. I have managed to try a few programs that ran for hours and hours, using 100% of my CPU and which, in the end, produced nothing useful.

Seems to me that the tip about buying a new DVD player that will play the downloaded files natively is the least expense and hassle of the various options presented.

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Dec 27, 2006 9:18am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

Another program to try is SimpleDVD:

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Poster: Venantius Date: Jan 22, 2007 10:55pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

The sourceforge project DVD Flick - - is a free and easy means to convert mpeg and other file types into the formats necessary to play on a standard dvd player. It will (I think) burn to disc but as I have an ok burner I just used it to compile the data into the appropriate format which it did very nicely.

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Poster: Darrell Wright Date: Jan 10, 2005 12:56am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

There a several different types of programs I use to create DVD's. I am still testing several different ones to find the best quality product.
My DVD Burner came equipped with MYDVD and Showbiz products that actually allow the user to take a VOB file and change it into an Mpeg1 or Mpeg2 file. Other programs I use are Ulead's Videostudio6, which i believe has now been upgraded to Ulead Videostudio 8 and Ulead DVD Moviefactory. Ulead offers a 30 day free trial of both products at their web site. Also I have great results, but much slower ones, using EZDVD maker. THis program use to be free; however, I do not know if it is even available anymore. If i am transferring from videotape I use a Dazzle Digital video creator. WHen I purchased this product it was supposedly the best around; however, since it is two years old, I imagine someone has created a better product. Finally if I am just copying a disc I use DVD Shrink, which is freeware. I have discovered that this product works better than the 321 studio version that was taken off the market.

This post was modified by Darrell Wright on 2005-01-10 08:56:14

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Jan 10, 2005 1:19am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

Hey Darrell,

Have you used any of the programs that you've mentioned to burn DVDs of material you've downloaded from the Internet Archive?

If so, please share your experiences with us.


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Poster: Darrell Wright Date: Jan 11, 2005 1:07am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

Other than the Armageddon video I created, I have not burned any other material from this web site.
However, the programs I use automatically creates the VOB files and other data needed to create a DVD. THe Ulead Programs can create VOB files and finish burning the data to disc in about 30 minutes, which is not bad considering that my DVD burner is a Sony 4X speed. THe program that came with the DVD recorder also creates the VOB files and Animated menus; however, it has taken up to an hour for this program to finish burning a disc.

Most of the stuff I geet from the internet, I usually burn to a VCD. They are cheaper to create and take less time to burn.

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Poster: DNarchive Date: Nov 15, 2006 4:58pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

Here's a suggested MPEG2 to DVD for Mac using ffmpegx:
1. Download MPEG2 file from
2. Change file extension of the downloaded MPEG2 file from 'mpeg' to 'mpg'
3. Install ffmpegx
4. Open ffmpegx, under the 'Tools' tab, select 'author'.
5. Click 'mpg file' and select the downloaded MPEG2 file.
6. Click 'author'
7. Burn resulting folder to DVD

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Poster: billiebob Date: Feb 22, 2007 2:22am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

Just another data point for you for ffmpgX on a mac with files:

I was not able to convert MPEG-2 files to a VIDEO_TS folder on a Mac Core2Duo as suggested in this post. I downloaded all the required coding files, but the operation produced only empty files and folders.

I will buy Toast and see if that works.

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Poster: John Hell Date: Jan 14, 2005 3:35pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

Great info, thanks a lot. On a mac, how would you recommend converting .avi to .mpeg video? Thanks in advance for any info.

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Poster: Chail Nokso Date: Jan 17, 2005 2:53am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD (actually Mac question - converting .avi to .mpeg)

If your purpose in wanting an MPEG is to make a DVD, VCD or SVCD, and you already own Toast Titanium (v 6.x or later), you already have the solution.

Drag any file that you can play in QuickTime to the Video Tab in Toast, and Toast will do all the encoding and burning.

Be sure to set your quality levels within Toast to as high as possible, as long as your CD or DVD space allows it.

One of the problems with .avi files (and often .mpg or .mpeg files) is that people encode video with any of a number of wacky codecs, then stick any file extension on the end of the file name that allows them to play the file in htheir favourite player.

So, what you think is a .mpeg or .avi file may in fact be an .mp4 or DiVX file.

There exist all sorts of free codecs to allow QuickTime to play content beyond the codecs that Apple includes... Google 'Macintosh' with the terms '3ivx' or 'VideoLAN', and you'll find all kinds of links.

For $20, you can add Apple's MPEG-2 codec to QuickTime, but if all you want to do is _watch_ MPEG-2 files (the video standard of DVDs and SVCDs), then VideoLAN is better, and free to boot.

- - -

If you have some other reason for wanting to make MPEGs, Google "VCD Helper" and you'll find lots of useful utilities and advice.

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Jan 17, 2005 4:08am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD (actually Mac question - converting .avi to .mpeg)

Thanks for your feedback, Chail!


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Poster: Gnomeo Date: Oct 24, 2010 10:03pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD (actually Mac question - converting .avi to .mpeg)

First, many thanks for this excellent feedback page.I have a laptop running Windows Vista with ?a DVD burner. When trying to copy an archive file to a DVD I am told windows media doesn't support an MP4 file How do I get around this problem? Many Thanks,Gnomeo.

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Poster: John Hell Date: Jan 18, 2005 12:11am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD (actually Mac question - converting .avi to .mpeg)

Thanks so much. I'll give it a try.

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Poster: Luchezar Date: Mar 15, 2011 1:10am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

Thank you for the information, especially regarding the MPG to DVD conversion using Linux in the FAQ ( ). For silent MPG videos, this conversion can be accomplished in just one line using unnamed pipes and without any intermediate files, like this:

mplayer $1 -dumpstream -dumpfile /dev/stdout | tcextract -t vob -a 0 -x mpeg2 | mplex -f 8 -V -o /dev/stdout /dev/stdin | dvdauthor -x dvdauthor.xml

Here, "dvdauthor.xml" is the DVD structure description file (see step 4 in the FAQ item above), and $1 is the name of the input file. The above line can be saved as a single-line shell script and executed each time a conversion is needed. The script has one mandatory argument, the input file name. For example, if the script is named "mpg2dvd" and the input file is "video.mpg", the conversion can be done by the simple command "mpg2dvd video.mpg".

"dvdauthor" may complain that there is no default DVD format (NTSC or PAL), resulting in a non-playable DVD file structure. The solution is to create a single-line text file named "video_format" in the ~/.config subdirectory, containing just one line: "NTSC" or "PAL", depending on the region where one lives. Then "dvdauthor" reads this file and stops complaining, and the DVD file structure it creates is playable.

I tested the above on a Mac and was able to convert a MPG file into a DVD file structure, which the "DVD Player" application played back.

There is a new multi-platform (Windows/Mac/Linux) application called "DVDStyler" ( ) which can help create full-blown, professionally looking DVDs, but I haven't tried it yet.

You may wish to add the above information (or part of it) in the FAQ.

This post was modified by Luchezar on 2011-03-15 08:10:58

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Poster: cellophane Date: Mar 11, 2010 2:54pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

for mpeg-4 files, which I see for some movies or old tv shows
at the archive,
at least some have browsed -- is there a way to just copy to a dvd and it might play in the same kind of players mentioned in the article related to mp-2 ?

Or does one need to use some of the software mentioned
to do that processing ?


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Poster: Molly_B Date: Jan 9, 2005 2:46am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

Thank you so much Skip-you rock!!!!!! I think this is really going to help folks A LOT!

Thanks again!!

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Poster: Coolaid Date: Apr 5, 2007 9:16pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: How To Convert to DVD - in 3 Easy Steps!

I used to use DVD X Copy, but as per, it is no longer being supported. There are some alternatives listed at: , which one of these programs do you think is the best?

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Poster: jveenem Date: Dec 2, 2006 11:12pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

I'm rather upset that you've not covered at all what would be the best way of doing this for most people.

Not that I know how to do this, but I see no help for this on your how to page here. And that's discouraging to put it mildly.

I think most people would want to be able to burn a disc that is playable NOW no matter what the set up they have. I for example only have a windows 98 machine and NO DVD burner but I do have a CD burner, as most people do, and a DVD player that also plays VCDs, also which most people do.

Why aren't you explaining here how to take what's on your movie archives and explaining how to make a plain CD/VCD? OR better yet why isn't there a link to download an ISO file that they can burn with the freeware program Imgburn to a CD and watch straight from their CD burner to their DVD player?? Getting a DVD is all well and fine but there IS a shorter cut here.

Note I do have a brother who fancies himself rather media savvy and has never gotten results with DVD's either and he says he doesn't know anyone else who has ... but, again, there IS an easier way here. Or should be.

I've been trying to get a bit of software that makes VCD's but I get ROTTEN results, mostly because their are hitches and hiccups in the mpeg files I'm getting from you ... or that seems to be what my software is telling me (VCDeasy plus WinCD). IT would be nice to turn to you for help but as I see it it would be even nicer if I didn't even need to reprocess what I get from you.

I really wonder why you haven't thought of this and done this.

Best of luck anyway.

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Poster: Tim Bears Date: Jan 20, 2008 9:45pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

Are you always this abrasive and arrogant or are you just acting like a horse's @#$ on this particular occasion? If you don't like the advice, don't ask for it, junior.

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Poster: Rapakiwi Date: Jan 24, 2008 2:03am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

Well, he's probably grown up by now. In any case the substantive part of the post was quite reasonable. Every DVD player, to my knowledge, will also play VCDs,SVCDs, and other things.

I've not checked the details, but these 30 minute to hour-length movies on CDs, of old television quality, are much less expensive and less wasteful than using a DVD. They are more vulnerable to damage, however; so use the right kind of pen, LightScribe (in colors!), or Verbatim's 'touchless' labels. (Inkjet printing onto pre-attached, white labels is available for those with grants.)

Here's are some places to learn about these things:

Converting & writing discs for all platforms:

Software mentioned above, for all platforms:

How to buy discs that are reliable and playable, for all platforms:

The last site also has some consumer tips, and a list of internet superstores. These stores sell only a few brands, and their prices all fluctuate together. The gypsy scholar would stock needed discs when they are on sale. (I subscribe to one's newsletter & weekly note the prices to Taiyo Yuden & Verbatim discs.)

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Poster: greatscotmagic Date: Mar 12, 2008 10:24am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

Here is a cost comparison of using CD vs. DVD

4.7 gigabytes is equal to 4812.8 megabytes

1 DVD= 6.875429 CD

X 6.

This is how I worked it out:


/ 50.
$.3596= $.36
+.20 (jewel case)
CD Total $.56


/ 50.
$.4996= $.50
+.20 (jewel case)
DVD Total $.70


Since the original post that started all of this was awhile ago, most DVD playersill play the MPE problems. I have used Nero and Roxio to burn the MPEG-2 files directly to DVD by dragging and dropping them or just adding them to the window.

I have also started using DIVX for my movies. It is a great way to compress files without losing the quality. DIVX files will also play directly in most modern DVD players.

I have discovered that there are already movies in the Archive that are in DIVX Format already. DIVX quality is good enough, even if it is encoded in 320 X 220 and played back on a TV or full screen on a monitor.

If the movie isn't in DIVX format, I download the best version I can find, generally the MPEg2 and convert it to DIVX. For Video conversion, I use (from their web site) "Any DVD Converter/Any Video Converter, DVD Ripper, YouTube/Google Video, Video Downloader, Video Converter for iPod, Zune, PSP, iPhone, 3GP Phone, MP4 player!

There is open source software to perform almost every task for video conversion. But if you are one of these windows users who are looking for an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, Any Video Converter provides just that, allowing you to effortlessly convert video files between every format, for FREE!"

Use the "Customized AVI Movie" from the drop down menu in the upper right corner, in "Video Options" (lower right corner, under the player, choose "Video Codec XVID (same as DIVX)" and "Video Size Original" This will keep the resolution for the file you are converting the same, so if it is 740 X 480 the DIVX will stay that size.

The extension for the converted file will be "avi," which is supposed to play as DIVX without any problems. I am not sure about that, so I change the file extension from AVI to DIVX, using the free A.F.5 Rename your files. "Use various easy-to-use functions to rename hundreds of files in a few seconds." Web site

For more information about DIVX:

I use Nero to burn the files to DVD and I am sure that most DVD burning software will do the same. It is important to rember that the DIVX files are actually data files, so make sure you are burning a Data DVD AND NOT a video DVD.

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Poster: Rapakiwi Date: Mar 12, 2008 4:04pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: 'How to' on converting archive movies to DVD

Not to place too fine a point on your math, but CDs are still of value for recording a half-hour video for television (VCD), hour video (SVCD), or even three hour movie (Xvid). Each places an increasing stress on the processor, though, and the information layer on CDs isn't sandwiched as on DVDs, so are not for archiving. (For this I can recommend the Taiyo Yuden Silver Lacquer 8x DVD-R, which sells today for US $0.27 each.) If you want to distribute only a favorite cult clip or classical book, a CD is less strain on the processor, holds it nicely, and ... can be made by older computers!

'Jveenem' seemed to have two problems, or he thought others did. 1. His DVD expert could never write one; and 2. the Internet Archive's files have 'hiccups', though they stream just fine.

On the first, when I go to Staples (in the USA), I shop for Verbatim discs only, for this brand currently always sells discs of the highest quality, discs that will burn without error every time. Normally, I shop for media by internet, on such stores as

Here Verbatims are selling today for US $0.37. On these stores you can also buy Taiyo Yuden discs: DVDs for $0.27, CDs for $0.26. The Taiyo Yuden Silver Lacquer DVD-R 8x is of archival quality, though I burn the 16x discs (at 18x speeds). I subscribe to a weekly newsletter from one (for there are many) and buy when on sale. These burn without a flaw. They also sell black paper sleeves with windows for $0.06 each. This keeps me from having to paint my jewel case windows black. :-]

This raises point 2. These discs should be burned at the speeds they are rated for, not always 1x or 2x. A 2 GB buffer suddenly become very small at high data rates. If one does not devote enough of a computer's resources, buffer overruns and 'hiccups' will occur. Energy Savers are sure to do this, as they continually adjust currents in response to their many sensors.

Whenever I manipulate video data of any kind, I maximize my real memory by shutting down all user applications but a temperature monitor, removing any memory resident programs, and making sure any (monotone) desktop objects are pointers only. I maximize my virtual memory by using a 'defragmenter' to create a very large, continguous free space (for swap files need this).

Finally, I optimize the (vector) processor by turning off the energy saver and screen savers, placing my metal laptop on a towel over an icepack. (Creating a DVD takes two icepacks, absorb a lot of heat!) The temperature monitor I set to speak the processor's temperature when it changes by 3 degrees Celsius, telling me to exchange ice packs.

When these precautions are taken, I have never burned a coaster with Verbatim or Taiyo Yuden media, burning DVDs at 18x and CDs at 48x.

My software is free, from 'sourceforge', though some modified for the MacOSX interface are on VersionTraker. Though I burn SVCDs with an old Linux laptop, a G4 or faster processor (on a Mac) is needed to burn DVDs.

This post was modified by Rapakiwi on 2008-03-12 23:04:14